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 Photo-a-Day      (Thursday, 31st December, 2015) Views: 2,410 
Welcome...
 Welcome...   by Mick Byrne  (Sony DSC-T700)
...to Bickershaw.

Comment by Thomas(Tom)Walsh. on 31st December 2015 at 09:15
Interesting photograph,Mick. I remember a level crossing at Bickershaw near The Queens Hotel but until I saw todays photo,I'd completely forgotten about it. Was it a loop line or was it to the colliery?
A Very Happy New Year to all Wiganworlders.,at home and abroad ,


Comment by Ivor Biggun on 31st December 2015 at 09:21
Wow a sign, how interesting, much thought must have gone into this pic.


Comment by Jonno on 31st December 2015 at 11:07
A lot more thought than what went into your choice of alias if i may say so, and, if you have what you claim to have, that's where your brains must be. Get off your backside and take some photos yourself, let's see what you can come up with.


Comment by Aubrey on 31st December 2015 at 11:28
Thomas, the line was for passengers. I do not know how far it went. An Uncle of mine used to travel from Hindley to Irlam on it.
An interesting sign, I haven't seen it myself but I do remember the railway station there.


Comment by Mick on 31st December 2015 at 11:52
Congratulations Tom on receiving your MBE I mentioned it on the forum section of Wiganworld


Comment by Thomas(Tom)Walsh. on 31st December 2015 at 12:01
Aubrey, I realise now it was the line from Central Station Wigan. Thank you for the information,I don't think I'd have worked it out without your comment.


Comment by Roy on 31st December 2015 at 12:37
Congratulations Tom on your MBE.


Comment by Aubrey on 31st December 2015 at 13:34
I would like to add my congratulations to you Thomas.
Happy New Year to all.


Comment by Thomas(Tom)Walsh. on 31st December 2015 at 14:16
Mick,Roy and Aubery,thank you very much for your good wishes, it really is much appreciated.


Comment by DerekB on 31st December 2015 at 14:29
This was at the site of Bickershaw station on the line from Wigan Central to Manchester Central. The staion before this was Hindley South and stations further along the route were Lowton St. Mary's, Culcheth, Irlam and, at one stage, a loop line constructed to serve what was in WW11 the nassive R.O.F. establishment at Risley


Comment by irene roberts on 31st December 2015 at 15:46
Hadn't heard about that, Tom! Many Congratulations! Yes, the sign is lovely; I also like the one for Standish-Lower- Ground. A very talented artist.


Comment by Jonno (no H) on 31st December 2015 at 16:58
Like you have never been a critic of the shevy moaner Jonno,


Comment by Ivor Biggun on 31st December 2015 at 17:00
Thank you for your opinion Jonno i must say for someone as critical about Mick as you usually are i am impressed by your defence of him, next time you attack him i will be waiting me owd fossil


Comment by Rev David Long on 31st December 2015 at 17:23
Congratulations, Tom - and best wishes to you, and everyone else who follows this site, for the New Year.


Comment by Garry on 31st December 2015 at 18:59
This was the Great Central Railway GCR line, it closed in 1964. From Wigan Central Station to Manchester Central. A Much used line for Irlam steel works.


Comment by Veronica on 31st December 2015 at 19:43
I would like to know who was responsible for the art work for the sign.....it's lovely.


Comment by Mick on 31st December 2015 at 19:57
Veronica it might be Oy


Comment by Pw on 1st January 2016 at 08:11
Another station on the GC line was Westleigh and Bedford,


Comment by Jonno on 1st January 2016 at 10:42
IB and J, yes i have been a critic of Mick's, more than once, but i have never criticized his photos, only his lack of interest in other peoples work and some of his comments about their work that seemed totally irrelevant.


Comment by Garry on 1st January 2016 at 13:17
From Wigan Central station...Ince Junction Terrace (Lower Ince), Hindley and Platt-Bridge, Bickershaw and Abram, West Leigh and Bedford, Lowton St Marys, Culcheth, Newchurch Halt, Glazebrook, Irlam, Trafford Park and finally Manchester Central Station. That's the lot.


Comment by DerekB on 1st January 2016 at 13:34
Never understood why one station was named West Leigh and Bedford. West Leigh, yes, but the only Bedford area of Leigh I am aware of is nowhere near this station's locality. My wife, who is a Leyther,is equally puzzled.


Comment by Jonno on 1st January 2016 at 13:48
All the best Garry and every other subscriber.


Comment by Roy on 1st January 2016 at 13:52
I did hear it is, or was, a chap from Shevington who came up with the pics for all the new welcome signs in Wigan and district. Mick may be the best with the answer to that.


Comment by Ivor Biggun on 1st January 2016 at 15:01
Fair point Jonno, i apologise to you


Comment by Jonno on 1st January 2016 at 16:32
No problem Ivor, accepted, all the best for 2016.


Comment by Garry on 1st January 2016 at 16:42
All the very best to you Jonno, and to all my friend on WW.


Comment by Pw on 1st January 2016 at 17:26
DerekB,Westleigh and Bedford station was near to Plank lane pit.We used to go from Hindley South to go fishing in the Flash.There was I think also a Westleigh station


Comment by Garry on 2nd January 2016 at 06:58
That's right Pw, Westleigh station was located on Atherleigh way near the traffic roundabout at firs lane. The station closed in 1954.


Comment by Thomas(Tom)Walsh. on 2nd January 2016 at 13:38
Aubrey, I realise now it was the line from Central Station Wigan. Thank you for the information,I don't think I'd have worked it out without your comment.


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